Our staff is built to teach each student individually, to develop the skills they need to thrive in mathematics, and to foster a love of learning.

Naveen Bansal

Head Instructor
Naveen Bansal holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh and currently is a Wehr Endowed professor at Marquette University. He has been passionate about math since his childhood and loves to teach math as a hobby and in his profession. He believes that it is the frame of mind that determines a child's ability to understand math (or any other subject). Fortunately, every child can be repositioned with a frame of mind in order to learn math in the correct way. He is married to Anu Bansal and has two grown-up kids.

Mrs. Sarita Deshpande

Lead Instructor
Greetings! My name is Sarita Deshpande. I have a Master’s degree from India in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. I also received a Nuclear Medicine Technologist degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. My passion to help kids started with my opting to be a tutor in the AVID program at Menomonee Falls High School (MFHS). The staff quickly understood my potential and hired me as an EA with a responsibility to co-teach Mathematics including honors courses to high school students. I also run the Math resource lab at MFHS. My style of teaching is to simplify the concept and inspire students to see the beauty and power of this subject. Students come to me for Math but end up sharing and getting guidance on their life issues as well. This is my true reward. When not teaching at MFHS, I work as a realtor. I am excited to be a part of the Mathnasium team and hope to help as many students as I can.

Robert Konzal

Instructor
Hello, my name is Robert. I have had an interest in mathematics since I was a child. I currently hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as a Master in Business Administration from Marquette University. I enjoy making learning mathematics fun for those that are trying to learn. I have appreciated tutoring in mathematics throughout my ongoing career, and I look forward to assisting you on your mathematics learning journey.

Vijay Todkar

Instructor
Hello, my name is Vijay Todkar. I have been a mathematics enthusiast since my school days, and I love teaching and discussing STEM topics. I have an MBA from UWM and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from the University of Mumbai. I work in Information Technology as a technology consultant. I live in New Berlin with my wife and two kids (4yr and 6yr). I am an avid reader, and in my free time, I either go for a long hike or listen to music. I look forward to working at the Mathnasium of New Berlin. My goal is to make a positive impact on the community and help kids to learn math.

Elizabeth Hilber

Instructor
Hi! My name is Elizabeth Hilber, and I'm a freshman at Alverno College this year. My major is Elementary and Middle Education. I graduated from New Berlin Eisenhower High School where I achieved the high honor roll and summa cum laude. I have always loved helping my friends and classmates in all subjects, especially math. My dream is to work with kids and help them learn their full potential. In my free time, I love reading and playing or watching sports.

Ariel Jaeger

Assistant Director
Hi! My name is Ariel Jaeger. I have always been passionate about teaching and math. I graduated from Catholic Memorial High School as a Salutatorian. I took my engineering math courses at UW Madison and earned straight As. I have tutored math and science courses to high school students and worked as a Physics I and II tutor at Edgewood College. I love helping students learn and seeing their improvement over time.

Lydia Smits

Instructor
Hi! My name is Lydia Smits and I am so excited to have joined the Mathnasium team! I have always loved teaching and tutoring, especially math! I have tutored in high school and in college. I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater with a bachelors of science in education degree and a minor in special education. I am licensed to teach 1st-8th grade and when I’m not at Mathnasium, I am substitute at an elementary school!

Tanja Ajder

Instructor
Hi! My name is Tanja. I am currently a junior at New Berlin Eisenhower High School and have been on high honor roll since my freshman year. Since childhood, math has been my favorite and best subject. I began tutoring math this year and am planning to continue through high school and college. This year, through my school’s National Honors Society, I will also help with teaching a seventh grade math class. In the future, I plan to major in data science with a minor in computer science. Overall, I am so excited to continue working with kids and developing their math skills!

Elaina Raicu

Instructor
Hi everyone, my name is Elaina Raicu and I am a junior in high school this year. I have enjoyed doing math from a young age which caused me to be interested in teaching it. I plan on going to college in the future for possibly a STEM based or teaching major. I love to teach others because it allows me to connect and get to know my students while helping set them up for success in the future. I’m looking forward to working with your kids!

Our Mathnasium Mission

Teach children math so they understand it, master it, and love it. Math can change their lives, and they can change the world.

What I love about Mathnasium is the ability to teach problem-solving skills and make math make sense, while also making a student smile.
Amber W., Mathnasium Instructor

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